Crunchy Granola Bars: Homemade Style
I’m always looking for snacks that I can make quickly that my little ones will enjoy. It seems like store bought snacks are so expensive and if your kids eat as much as mine do (no idea how I’m going to feed them when they are teenagers…you should see how much food the one year old can put away!) you are looking out for homemade snacks too!
I used to love those crunchy pre-packaged granola bars back when I still ate that kind of thing, but since I discovered my allergies those have disappeared from my pantry. However, this recipe is a great alternative and is super easy and fairly inexpensive to make!
Crunchy Granola Bars
What You Need:
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil (use extra virgin if you don’t mind coconut flavor, otherwise go with expeller pressed)
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1/2 cup shredded Coconut
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
Start by melting the coconut oil in a medium sized bowl. If your house is warm you may be able to skip this step. 🙂
Add in the sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined as well as possibly with the oil.
Add in the coconut and oats and stir until everything is coated with the oil mixture.
Place a piece of parchment paper into a 9×13 baking dish. Spread the granola mixture into the pan and press the mixture down to pack it as firmly as possible.
Bake the mixture at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until it looks browned and slightly bubbly. Remove from the oven and let the bars cool. After the bars have cooled you can cut into pieces. Not all pieces may be perfect since these are the crunchy kind they are a bit hard to cut. They still taste the same, I promise!
Store these in the fridge or on the countertop in an air tight container. Eat within a week or two of baking.
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What are some of your kids favorite snacks that you make?